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Background: AOS from Tourist status - Canadian visitor with no I-94. We crossed the border in June of 2006, were inspected and did go through secondary screening after which we were approved for entry. After we decided to give living here a shot we got an apartment, found my wife a job and got things stable. After speaking with USCIS they informed us that I could adjust my status without having to leave. We started researching and filed in February of 2012 - our case was given a priority date of February 29th.

Throughout the process I received no RFE's.

What I brought: I made a folder up that contained -

- copies of all our forms of ID - Passports, state ID's, broth certificates etc. as well as the originals.

- joint bank account info, joint insurance card, joint lease document.

- pictures spanning our 6 year marriage, correspondence, Facebook page printouts, Costco cards, honeymoon tickets, ring receipts and photography contract.

- employer letter, tax transcript for 2011, recent paystubs...and I think that's about it.

I did not print out all the forms I had already sent them. My logic was that if something was missing from that packet they would have asked for it via an RFE already. I focused instead on additional evidence and of course the originals from the evidence I had already sent them.

Interview:

We were booked for 9:30 AM. We showed up about 10 minutes early. There was one couple in front of us in the security line and about 20 people in the waiting room - not all of which were there for interviews (several were getting information at the windows).

We waited until about 9:35-9:40 and a gentleman probably in his 50's called my name.

He introduced himself as Officer Clyne and took us back to his office.

First he asked us to remain standing and take an oath to be truthful.

Second he asked for my passport and ID and my wifes state ID.

He looked through my passport and asked where my I-94 was. I had to explain to him that Canadians do not necessarily get an I-94 especially when traveling by land. He was like, "They don't stamp your passport? So what do they say when you cross?"

I told him they just as some basic questions about why you are coming over and then let you through, typically.

He flipped through some papers and was like, "Hmm, yeah you are recorded..."

These papers appeared to me to be arrival records as each paper had only a small amount of text on top which appeared to be time stamps.

The weird thing was he asked where Lewiston was and when I told him it was in Maine he was like, "Oh that is why..."

The interesting part of that is that I never crossed in Lewiston, I crossed in NY. I think he may have had just a generic printout of some time stamps that showed some of my border crossings (of which there would be dozens) the last time I would have crossed in Lewiston would have been years ago. :P. What he clearly did not have is anything regarding the secondary screening I had to go through the last couple times I crossed.

Anyhow, after that he was like, "Ok then, let's get this going." Then turned his attention to my packet and proceeded to confirm my name, date of birth, address, parents names and quickly skimmed the yes/no communist, militia type questions.

Next was my wifes turn to answer her name, date of birth and parents name.

He asked if we had kids - basically confirming the info on the forms. Asked about when and where we were married.

He flipped through the papers some more, and when he got to the I-864 just asked my wife where she worked, and upon noticing no tax return asked if we filed for 2011 to which we answered yes and provided him with a copy. He asked, "Is this my copy?". We said yes and he put it aside and didn't even look at it.

Satisfied with the paperwork he closed the packet and focused on us.

He asked how we met - gave him the brief story. He asked if we had met each others family.

He asked what brought us here to which my answer was, "Why wouldn't you want to move here?" I chuckled and went on to explain that we loved the weather, had visited and found the people really friendly and fell in love with it overall, plus the housing market was a big draw."

He asked if we wanted to add anything to his file and I listed some of the things I had brought and gave him joint bank accounts, joint lease, joint car insurance and a bunch of pictures to look at.

He flipped through the pictures quickly and then handed them all back to me. The other stuff he took but didn't really look at them.

He asked if we had anything else and I listed some various things from dating etc. and he just said, "No I don't need all that, it's fine."

The interesting thing to note here is that in many of the reviews I have read, people have mentioned that the officer needed to photocopy their ID's. I had copies made for him of all our ID's but apparently he felt that the ones I had orginaly sent were all he needed. :thumbs:

So he turned to his computer and started typing and looking at my form for info saying, "Ok, I just need to do a little paperwork."

While he did this he started talking about the trip to Vancouver he and his wife took last year and by the time he was done there was a paper sitting in front of me stating I was recommended for approval!

He proceeded to outline that I would receive my ten year card in the mail within a week and be eligible for citizenship in three years.

Done! We were on our way home before 11:00

Overall great, low stress interview. Officer Clyne was professional but friendly enough. He seemed like a pretty relaxed person.

Happy dance! Overall good process experience - everything was streamlined and quick, no RFE's and under three months from filing to approval!

:dance: :dance: :dance:

Edited by jdh

July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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Congratulations!!!!!


AOS

5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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Congratulations! FYI - I am going to hazard a guess that you crossed at Niagara Falls - the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.


Post on Adjudicators's Field Manual re: AOS and Intent: My link
Wedding Date: 06/14/2009
POE at Pearson Airport - for a visit, did not intend to stay - 10/09/2009
Found VisaJourney and created an account - 10/19/2009

I-130 (approved as part of the CR-1 process):
Sent 10/01/2009
NOA1 10/07/2009
NOA2 02/10/2010

AOS:
NOA 05/14/2010
Interview - approved! 07/29/10 need to send in completed I-693 (doctor missed answering a couple of questions) - sent back same day
Green card received 08/20/10

ROC:
Sent 06/01/2012
Approved 02/27/2013

Green card received 05/08/2013

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Congratulations! FYI - I am going to hazard a guess that you crossed at Niagara Falls - the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.

Aaaaah! You are right! I was thinking Niagra Falls, NY - that's what we put on our forms. I forgot they have a bunch of screwy names going on there - didn't even think of the fact it would be the bridge name.

:thumbs:

Edited by jdh

July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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Congrats!


Background Information

-Dec 2006: Arrived with an F1 visa

-Dec 2007: Met USC.

-Dec 2009: Got Engaged.

-Jan 2010: Fell out of Status.

-Oct 2010: Married USC.

-Feb 2012: Filed I-130/AOS

I-130/AOS Timeline

Day 0: 02/25/12: Mailed concurrent I-130/AOS Package to the Chicago Lockbox

Day 2: 02/27/12: Package arrived at the Chicago Lockbox.

Day 5: 03/01/12: Email acceptance confirmation received for Forms: I-130, I-485 & I-765.

Day 13: 03/09/12: NOA1s received for Forms: I-130, I-485 & I-765. Biometrics letter also received and scheduled for March 27th.

Day 24: 03/20/12: Email notification for RFE.

Day 27: 03/23/12: Hardcopy RFE received in the mail.

Day 31: 03/27/12: Biometrics completed.

Day 40: 04/05/12: Mailed off the RFE.

Day 44: 04/09/12: RFE Delivered.

Day 46: 04/11/12: USCIS received RFE and case updated online.

Day 55: 04/20/12: EAD approved!

Day 60: 04/25/12: Received 2nd "EAD in Production" Email.

Day 61: 04/26/12: EAD Mailed.

Day 63: 04/28/12: EAD in hand!

Day 74: 05/09/12: Interview date scheduled for June 12th.

Day 75: 05/10/12: Interview letter in hand.

Day 108: 06/12/12: Interview.

Day 110: 06/14/12: Received I-485 & I-130 approval emails.

Day 114: 06/18/12: Received I-130 & I-485 Approval hardcopies.

Day 115: 06/19/12: Received GC in production email.

Day 116: 06/20/12: Received "GC mailed" & "USPS picked up your GC" emails.

Day 118: 06/22/12: GC arrived in the mail

March 16th 2014: Eligible to file ROC.

March 16th 2015: Eligible to file for naturalization.

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Background: AOS from Tourist status - Canadian visitor with no I-94. We crossed the border in June of 2006, were inspected and did go through secondary screening after which we were approved for entry. After we decided to give living here a shot we got an apartment, found my wife a job and got things stable. After speaking with USCIS they informed us that I could adjust my status without having to leave. We started researching and filed in February of 2012 - our case was given a priority date of February 29th.

Throughout the process I received no RFE's.

What I brought: I made a folder up that contained -

- copies of all our forms of ID - Passports, state ID's, broth certificates etc. as well as the originals.

- joint bank account info, joint insurance card, joint lease document.

- pictures spanning our 6 year marriage, correspondence, Facebook page printouts, Costco cards, honeymoon tickets, ring receipts and photography contract.

- employer letter, tax transcript for 2011, recent paystubs...and I think that's about it.

I did not print out all the forms I had already sent them. My logic was that if something was missing from that packet they would have asked for it via an RFE already. I focused instead on additional evidence and of course the originals from the evidence I had already sent them.

Interview:

We were booked for 9:30 AM. We showed up about 10 minutes early. There was one couple in front of us in the security line and about 20 people in the waiting room - not all of which were there for interviews (several were getting information at the windows).

We waited until about 9:35-9:40 and a gentleman probably in his 50's called my name.

He introduced himself as Officer Clyne and took us back to his office.

First he asked us to remain standing and take an oath to be truthful.

Second he asked for my passport and ID and my wifes state ID.

He looked through my passport and asked where my I-94 was. I had to explain to him that Canadians do not necessarily get an I-94 especially when traveling by land. He was like, "They don't stamp your passport? So what do they say when you cross?"

I told him they just as some basic questions about why you are coming over and then let you through, typically.

He flipped through some papers and was like, "Hmm, yeah you are recorded..."

These papers appeared to me to be arrival records as each paper had only a small amount of text on top which appeared to be time stamps.

The weird thing was he asked where Lewiston was and when I told him it was in Maine he was like, "Oh that is why..."

The interesting part of that is that I never crossed in Lewiston, I crossed in NY. I think he may have had just a generic printout of some time stamps that showed some of my border crossings (of which there would be dozens) the last time I would have crossed in Lewiston would have been years ago. :P. What he clearly did not have is anything regarding the secondary screening I had to go through the last couple times I crossed.

Anyhow, after that he was like, "Ok then, let's get this going." Then turned his attention to my packet and proceeded to confirm my name, date of birth, address, parents names and quickly skimmed the yes/no communist, militia type questions.

Next was my wifes turn to answer her name, date of birth and parents name.

He asked if we had kids - basically confirming the info on the forms. Asked about when and where we were married.

He flipped through the papers some more, and when he got to the I-864 just asked my wife where she worked, and upon noticing no tax return asked if we filed for 2011 to which we answered yes and provided him with a copy. He asked, "Is this my copy?". We said yes and he put it aside and didn't even look at it.

Satisfied with the paperwork he closed the packet and focused on us.

He asked how we met - gave him the brief story. He asked if we had met each others family.

He asked what brought us here to which my answer was, "Why wouldn't you want to move here?" I chuckled and went on to explain that we loved the weather, had visited and found the people really friendly and fell in love with it overall, plus the housing market was a big draw."

He asked if we wanted to add anything to his file and I listed some of the things I had brought and gave him joint bank accounts, joint lease, joint car insurance and a bunch of pictures to look at.

He flipped through the pictures quickly and then handed them all back to me. The other stuff he took but didn't really look at them.

He asked if we had anything else and I listed some various things from dating etc. and he just said, "No I don't need all that, it's fine."

The interesting thing to note here is that in many of the reviews I have read, people have mentioned that the officer needed to photocopy their ID's. I had copies made for him of all our ID's but apparently he felt that the ones I had orginaly sent were all he needed. :thumbs:

So he turned to his computer and started typing and looking at my form for info saying, "Ok, I just need to do a little paperwork."

While he did this he started talking about the trip to Vancouver he and his wife took last year and by the time he was done there was a paper sitting in front of me stating I was recommended for approval!

He proceeded to outline that I would receive my ten year card in the mail within a week and be eligible for citizenship in three years.

Done! We were on our way home before 11:00

Overall great, low stress interview. Officer Clyne was professional but friendly enough. He seemed like a pretty relaxed person.

Happy dance! Overall good process experience - everything was streamlined and quick, no RFE's and under three months from filing to approval!

:dance: :dance: :dance:

Congratulations! This is such good news. Happy for you! :thumbs:


The Journey

Arrived on F1 visa on 25 Dec 2008. Graduated June 2011. Started OPT Sep 2011.

AOS applied March 21, 2012. GC approved June 11, 2012 & received June 18, 2012.

Exactly three months from start to finish,no RFEs.

AOS Timeline:

Day 01,March 21, 2012: Concurrent filing of I-130/AOS/EAD/AP to Chicago Lockbox

Day 02,March 22, 2012: Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox

Day 04,March 24, 2012: USCIS Acceptance Confirmation received through e-mail

Day 07,March 27, 2012: Checks cashed.

Day 13,April 02, 2012 : NOAs received for I-130,I-485,EAD/AP & Biometrics

Day 36,April 25, 2012 : Biometrics Completed at Elizabeth, NJ.

Day 45,May 04, 2012 : E-mail notification for interview received for June 11

Day 46,May 05, 2012 : Received hard copy of interview notice

Day 56,May 16, 2012 : EAD/AP Production e-mail

Day 64,May 24, 2012 : EAD/AP Card in hand

Day 83,June 11,2012 : Interview. Approved same day. Card production email.

Day 84,June 12,2012 : E-mail Notification registering PR status.

Day 87,June 15,2012 : USPS picks up GC from USCIS.

Day 88,June 16,2012 : Received two hard copy mails, approving I-130 & I-485

Day 90,June 18,2012 : 10-year GC in hand. End of GC journey, for now.

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Congrats!


3/23/2012 (Day 0) - I-130, I-485 and I-765 sent
4/02/2012 (Day 11) - Hard Copy of NOA1 in the mail of I-130, I-485 and I-765
4/04/2012 (Day 13) - Received a letter for biometrics appointment for 4/20/2012.
4/20/2012 (Day 29) - Biometrics done
5/03/2012 (Day 42) - Status online changed to interview, scheduled for June 11
5/16/2012 (Day 55) - EAD Card Production, online status update
5/24/2012 (Day 63) - EAD Card in the mail
6/11/2012 (Day 83) - Interview, approved on the spot

05/19/2014 (Day 0) - Mailed I-751

05/27/2014 (Day 8) - Received NOA1

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congrats

:dance:


AOS

day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.

ROC

day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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My bad! To all who read my review - I put that we were on the way home by 11:00 I meant to say 10:00! :bonk:


July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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Congratulations to you JDH



F-1 to LPR
Day 0 - 03/31/2012 - Package (concurrent I-{130/AOS/AP/EAD} ) sent to Chicago with USPS
Day 1 - 04/02/2012 - Delivered!!!
Day 5 - 04/06/2012 - "Acceptance confirmation received for entire forms & routed to NBC" was sent via email.
Day 10 - 04/11/2012 - NOA for I-{130/AOS/AP/EAD} Received.
Day 15 - 04/16/2012 - NOA for Biometrics appointment Received. {Scheduled for 05/08/12}
Day 37 - 05/08/2012 - Biometrics app completed.
Day 44 - 05/15/2012 - Interview date schedule @ Dallas/Irving TX..
Day 54 - 05/25/2012 - EAD/AP production Notification.
Day 75 - 06/15/2012 - Interview'd with NO approval. 1 hr Post-interview: Received I-485/Card production email.
Day 78 - 06/18/2012 - 2nd emails {I-485/Decision/Register PR and I-130/Post-Decision} Received.
Day 81 - 06/21/2012 - Received {email of Card mailed out} and 2 Hardcopies {I-485 & I-131 approval}
Day 83 - 06/23/2012 - GC touched down. 10x Mailman.

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ConGraTuLaTions :):dance::star:


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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